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If you are taking a Disney Cruise to the Bahamas, you are probably wondering what to expect when you get to Nassau. Most 3 and 4 Night Disney Cruises out of Port Canaveral and Miami spend at least one day in Nassau. While you can certainly book an excursion through the cruise line, there are also several things you can do on your own while in Nassau.
Cruising to Nassau Bahamas
Atlantis Bahamas Resort
One of the most popular things to do in Nassau is going out to Atlantis Resort for the day.
You can get an Atlantis day pass to experience all that they park has to offer.
You can choose a few different options from touring the world’s largest open-air marine habitat to spending the day at Aquaventure, their 141-acre water park.
Atlantis Day Passes
- Aquaventure Day Pass allows you to visit the 141-acre Aquaventure Water Park.
- Atlantis Beach Day Passallows you to use the beaches of Atlantis and includes the use of lounge chairs and towels. You can visit some other areas of the resort, but it DOES NOT include Aquaventure Water Park.
Atlantis Day Trip Cruise Excursions
- Discover Atlantis: Take a 45 minute guided tour of the resort & visit the aquarium.
- Swim in Wonder: Swim with Bottlenose dolphins.
Serenity Snorkel with Dolphins: Swim with Bottlenose dolphins and snorkel!
- Snorkel the Ruins at Atlantis: 30 minute snorkel tour of the Ruins Lagoon.
- Playtime with Sea Lions: Get some hands on learning about sea lions.
- Stingray Experience: Spend some time up close with Cownose stingrays.
If you just want to walk to the beach, then the closet beach is Junkanoo Beach.
This is a small beach but has plenty of foods, drinks and public bathrooms.
Locals will offer to rent you beach chairs or you can just find an open spot on the beach to claim as your own.
If you want a larger beach, then you should grab a taxi driver and split the fare with others to Cabbage Beach.
This beach is larger than Junkanoo, offers some food options and plenty of drinks.
If you are looking for a family friendly beach in Nassau, than get a day pass to go to the private resort beaches at Cable Beach.
Most of the resorts have rates to use their beach and some even have a package deal that includes lunch.
Nassau Beaches that have day passes:
- Hilton – British Colonial Hilton
- Breezes Resort and Spa
- Warwick Paradise Island Bahamas
- RIU Palace
Snorkeling in Nassau
There are several great spots to snorkel in Nassau and your best bet would be to book an excursion that includes snorkeling. We’ve taken a few that stop at Pearl Island after snorkeling in a nearby reef that we’ve enjoyed.
Nassau has some beautiful coral reefs where you can see colorful fish and even sea turtles.
Nassau Pirate Museum
You will notice that much of Nassau contains a pirate theme. There is a reason for this, Nassau taken over by English privateers in the 1700’s, and eventually these privateers turned into lawless pirates.
You can learn all about Nassau’s pirate history in their Pirates of Nassau museum.
Shopping in Nassau
Nassau is known for its shopping. You will find cheap trinkets, hand made goods and high end shopping all just blocks away from the cruise port in Nassau.
One of the more popular shops for those who are fans of Disney is Del Sol. Del Sol sells items that change color (or add color) when out in the sun. They usually have quite a few Disney themed items in the Nassau store.
If you like to barter, you will find that nearly all the t-shirt shops and stalls in the straw market will work with you.
Don’t take the first price they offer you and always ask for their best price. You will walk away saving if you do.
Do you have any favorite things to do on a Disney Cruise to the Bahamas?